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Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

Detroit taxes friendlier to businesses than to residents

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Detroit is in the middle of the pack among the 51 international cities studied for how much of a tax burden they place on businesses.

Giving Detroiters a tax break

Giving Detroiters a tax break

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Bankruptcy could offer an opportunity to trim taxes for the city’s beleaguered residents, who pay some of the highest income, utility and property taxes in the state.

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

July 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

High taxes, low wages, yet the City of Detroit still drowns in debt. Here’s why the city faces long odds even after shedding bankruptcy debt.

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

New private Duggan fund to support 'Detroit’s agenda'

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda, Mike Wilkinson

Mayor Kilpatrick’s civic fund helped put him in prison. Gov. Snyder’s NERD fund brought only regret. But Mayor Duggan says his fund will be different.

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

Duggan donor database: Big-time, Super PAC money comes to Motown

July 22, 2014 | Sandra Svoboda

Who gave Mayor Duggan $1 million? A Detroit Journalism Cooperative donation database answers this question and others.

Is Detroit’s financial oversight board too big to succeed?

Is Detroit’s financial oversight board too big to succeed?

July 10, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

The state-created board may be larger than necessary, but it has the funding to run its own numbers, rather than relying on the city to turn over information.

Benchmark: Schools

Benchmark: Schools

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Cwiek

Detroit’s patchwork of traditional public and charter schools can be confusing to parents looking for a good fit. The resulting chaos led a group of parents to share information on promising schools.

Benchmark: Public safety

Benchmark: Public safety

June 26, 2014 | Sarah Hulett

Should we stay or should we go? A reporter’s notebook on living with crime in Detroit.

Mike Duggan and the selling of Detroit 2014

Mike Duggan and the selling of Detroit 2014

June 26, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Set a goal, control the numbers, trumpet the results. That’s been Mike Duggan’s leadership playbook for two decades. Has he pushed his luck with Detroit?

Even with limited powers, Duggan in control

Even with limited powers, Duggan in control

June 24, 2014 | Lester Graham

Six months in, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is focused intently on improving city services, selling himself to residents and consolidating power within the bankrupt city. Can the honeymoon last?

Benchmark: Livability

Benchmark: Livability

June 24, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

A city’s quality of life can be hard to define, but a few steps forward could give Detroit residents a warm feeling about the future.

Benchmark: City services

Benchmark: City services

June 24, 2014 | Lester Graham

Mayor Duggan promised progress on lights, blight and buses and, by his office’s own count at least, there is progress.

Benchmark: Jobs

Benchmark: Jobs

June 24, 2014 | Rick Haglund

In Detroit, there are stirrings of job growth in the usual places, but data is still scant on improving prospects for most city residents.

Benchmark Detroit: Six months later

Benchmark Detroit: Six months later

June 24, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Optimism is beginning to percolate across much of the city, as a can-do mayor attempts to make good on bold promises. Hard numbers are more difficult to come by.

Officials’ mistake cancels Head Start in Detroit schools; ‘sin and a shame’ for district

Officials’ mistake cancels Head Start in Detroit schools; ‘sin and a shame’ for district

June 10, 2014 | Chastity Pratt

Detroit Public Schools missed a deadline, and now must bow out of the preschool program for low-income children, imperiling nearly 1,000 seats for 4-year-olds.

State should send help to Detroit, Michigan voters say

State should send help to Detroit, Michigan voters say

May 13, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

Putting aside deep concerns about Detroit’s path, Michigan voters say the city’s recovery is too important to state’s future to ignore. Bipartisan majorities support state funding to help Detroit retirees and save DIA art.

Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

Wayne State scholar gains national standing as a respectful voice for LGBT rights

April 17, 2014 | Nancy Derringer

While the debate over gay rights and same-sex marriage has gotten strident at times, John Corvino rarely raises his voice.

Shinola’s place in Detroit’s future

Shinola’s place in Detroit’s future

March 27, 2014 | Alexander Moroz

Jacques Panis, president of the Detroit watch and bicycle maker, offers a wish list of businesses he’d like to see in Detroit.

Detroit creditor winners and losers

Detroit creditor winners and losers

March 27, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

A bankruptcy judge has yet to sign off on Detroit’s proposal for paying thousands of creditors. But there are signs of who is likely to benefit most when the bankruptcy dust settles.

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